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Apple iPhone 7: The new Home button needs skin contact

The haptic engine simulates a key press but only if the home button had skin contact.
The haptic engine simulates a key press but only if the home button had skin contact.
The all new and improved Home button on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus might be less than perfect on a cold day. It seems like it may need skin contact in order to work, according to a bunch of Twitter posts by early users.

Myke Hurley seems to be one of those fellows that has to try out everything with his new iPhone. Apparently he did try to operate the iPhone 7 Home button through a layer of cloth and found out that it did not work. After posting about it on Twitter, he quickly found, that others have had similar experiences with Apple's new Home button that does not click anymore but uses the iPhone's haptic engine to simulate a key press. The culprit seems to be the Touch ID sensor that now recognizes a virtual button press and apparently it needs skin contact to do so.

So if you are wearing gloves, this might not work. Not exactly good news, Winter is coming! There are reports that gloves with capacitive layers sewn in might work, but so far they are not conclusive. This is especially aggravating since the Home button has a much bigger role to play since iOS 10. Slide to unlock is history, you do need your home button to unlock your iPhone in iOS 10, unless you are using Assistive Touch. Maybe third party manufacturers will produce iPhone 7 certified gloves in time for christmas. So far there is no official statement from Apple about this matter.

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Alexander Fagot, 2016-09-19 (Update: 2016-09-19)
Alexander Fagot
Alexander Fagot - Editor
As a former projectionist still used to working with 35 mm film and experience in computer assembling and overclocking, I was drawn to the professional IT crowd a couple of years back and started working in IT support, Windows administration and project management before discovering my love for traveling the world. Now I am working as a news editor from all parts of the world, mostly writing about gadgets and mobile gear for Notebookcheck.